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So.. I am "this close" (thumb and index finger millimeters apart) from buying the MkIII kit...

I guess my first question is...

How do I choose the donor car ?

Are there certain year mustangs to avoid ?
Are there certain years that are easier/better ?

(any other helpful hints of course accepted also..)

Thanks
Mike
 

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Mike,
Go to the top of the page and click on "Search".
Put the words "choose" and "donor" in the search field and select the FFR Roadster Forum to search in and you'll get 7 pages of topics that deal with donors. You should be able to find answers to your questions there.

Good luck and welcome to the fun.

Rich
 

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Mike, IMHO, stay away from the 4.6 engines. They are ugly and don't look right. Also, get rid of the EFI stuff and go carb. You won't be sorry.
 

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Originally posted by cobrabob99:
Mike, IMHO, stay away from the 4.6 engines. They are ugly and don't look right. Also, get rid of the EFI stuff and go carb. You won't be sorry.
Everybody has their own opinion.

I love the look of the 4.6 Modular engines, they are here and are the future.

They are a challange to work on due to all the electronics but once you are familiar with them sure are a walk in the park to work on them.

I wouldn't recommend it for a newbie to build one with a Modular, you need to be a true FORD fanatic.

Here's mine, straight from the Donor, 435RWHP (about 505 FWHP), videos: (check out the video on the dyno !)

SuperCobra Videos:
* The eBrake Modification
* The eBrake Modification done to the handle
* When it first came to life
* First Steps, short video, filmed on 4.27 of 2005
* First Go-Kart Ride
* First Drive with the body on
* Electric Dash Cover
* How this awesome engine sounds
* On the Freeway
* Windsor and Modular sound comparison
* On the Dyno - 435RWHP !
*MKIII Hood Hinge in Action
* Electric Dash Cover PART 2 - signed by David Smith !
* A small video of the 335 tires installed on the Rear
* SuperCobra and other Cobras driving to Huntington Beach - Video by Kouros
* SuperCobra's Quick Release Steering Wheel Video
* SuperCobra's Walkaround Video - Interior is almost done !


SERGIO
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Ongoing Projects:
"SuperCobra" - 1st of its kind
"Double Displacement" - '03 GT into '87 Stang

 

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Get a very low mileage one from a source that will guarantee every part!

My first build is a MK I that I still own. The donor was rediculously low mileage 92 LX package from Cypress in Oakland. That was 1997.

After more than two dozen builds I'm a solid believer in low mileage or non donor.

Today you will need to use a modular engine Mustang to get such low miles.

OPTIONS, IRS suspention and powdercoat should be considered before anything else.

Roger
 

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You can get late model Exlorer engines that are pretty low miles. I got mine with 89k miles for $350.
I'm kinda doing a non-donor build but not necessarily with all new parts.

Close that thumb & forfinger and get with it!!
 

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Welcome to the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time. All have their good and bad points 87-93 stuff is great but they are getting harder to find in useable condition . If you can go 5k or more for a donor 00 and up Cobra's are good . Otherwise non donor! Especially if you want a carb .I saw 350 for an explorer engine ( a few posts up) cheap you can get 200 for the intake and tb . used trans and rear about the same each .It's all about what you want, or in my case what the wife wont find out about > Enjoy and ask here if you have questions . Bob
 

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After parting out my 89 5.0 LX, then replacing most of it with better parts. I would say forget buying a donor and just get the parts you need. You will find yourself upgrading more than you thought you would. Just my .02 Dan
 

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It's good to have a plan.
I had the donors before ordering the kits, so I knew what I was going to do.

For Me, the best donors are (in order of power and apreciation):

2003/2004 SVT Mustang Cobra - Like my MKIII "SuperCobra"
2000 Mustang Cobra R's - (Forget about it)
2003/2004 Mustang Mach 1
1997-2001 SVT Mustang Cobra
1993 Mustang Cobras and Cobra Rs (save, please)
1995 Cobra R's - (very Rare, save if possible)
2000-2004 Mustang GTs and Bullits
1990-1993 V8 Mustangs - Like my MKI "Cobra4Me"
1994-1995 V8 Mustangs
1996-1999 V8 Mustangs
1987-1989 V8 Mustangs
then come the unexplored:
Lightnings, Marauders and Aviators

The newer the donor, the less things you will end up replacing.


Sergio
(2 donor builds)
 
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